Venice and its canals

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Venice is an Italian city situated in the North-East of the country, and it is characterized by the fact that its buildings are partially sunken by the Venetian Lagoon’s waters. The city and lagoon are among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

The city has a great history, since it was one of the strongest maritime powers during the Reinassance, with the result that Venice became one of the major trading centres, especially with regard to silk, and spices.

All that changed after the 17th century, when another country, Portugal, took over a major role in the naval trade. However, trade, shipbuilding, and industrial exports still have today a great importance in Venice’s activities. Glass, and lace manufactures, produced respectively by Murano’s, and Burano’s islands, are points of reference both on the economical level, and for Venice’s appeal.

What makes Venice unique in the world is that the city is built on a 117-island archipelago, and it is canals are crossed by 409 bridges. The gondola, which used to be the main means of transportation, is one of the very well known symbols of the city, and it is now used mainly for tourists who want to take pictures of them in order to have a special memory from one of the most beautiful cities in Italy.

As for the architecture is concerned, Piazza San Marco (in English St. Mark’s Square), and the Basilica di San Marco (in English, St. Mark’s Basilica), and Doge’s Palace, are the primary destinations, although also the Ponte dei Sospiri (in English the Bridge of Sighs), and the Ponte di Rialto (in English the Rialto Bridge) are very attractive.
With regard to cultural activity the city also hosts an important festival, the Venice Film Festival, which is the oldest film festival in the world. It takes place on Lido’s island, every year either in late August, or in early September.